My poor Magnolia tree doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going in this snow. Flowers were starting to open last week when it probably assumed winter was over! ❄️🤷🏻♀️
How lovely are these labels? I always love seeing people’s creativity coming out in their label design during workshops! Here are the calendula infused lip and skin balms we made during today’s Relax & Restore Herbal Remedy making workshop. Another nice collaboration with @hackneyarts and hosted around the corner from our studio @martellohall 🌿🙌 What do you like to do to relax and restore?
Saturday morning propagation experiments! Anyone use these in the garden? These are jiffy pellets, made from peat-free natural fibre. Before use, you soak them in water and they expand to make a plug that you can sow a seed into. I was going to sow some things in the greenhouse this morning but it appears the weather has other ideas. This is my first propagation experiment of the season compare jiffy pellets with biodegradable pots with a seed compost/vermiculite mix. Would love to hear your thoughts if you have used these plugs before? What’s your favourite way to propagate seeds? See my story for the full experiment! 🌱👩🏻🌾🤓
We had a lovely evening easy into the weekend down with folks at Spitalfields Crypt Trust. We spent a dreamy session smelling, experimenting and playing with essential oils to make fragrance sprays. We followed the principles of aromatherapy to combine base, middle and tops notes to make our own scents. The popular blends were calming and relaxing mixes including a blend of Sandalwood, Lavender and Clary Sage 🙌 This workshop is a collaboration with @hackneyarts so it’s double social enterprise collaborative fun ✊ Happy Friday everyone!
This week in Herbal Craft we looked at herbs for First Aid. We discussed using comfrey as a poultice for breaks and sprains, plantain for stings and yarrow for minor cuts and scrapes. Here is @the_dancing_gardener with a yarrow plaster to help heal a minor cut. We all had a go at making herbal plasters with yarrow or plantain, gauze and medical tape. Yarrow can be used as a styptic to staunch blood and help a cut to heal. Its botanical name Achillea millefolium relates to Achilles who used yarrow to treat injured soldiers. Achilles was also bathed in yarrow as a baby by his mother to protect him. She held him back by his ankles so his ‘heal’ didn’t get any protective yarrow treatment and is why we have the phrase ‘Achilles Heal’. Anyone know any other fun yarrow facts? 🌿🤓
More springtime snaps from this weeks trip to Kew Gardens. There are bulbs a plenty to go and wander amongst! 🌿🌼